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POSITION SUMMARY AND ACCOUNTABILITIES POSITION TITLE: Community Specialist POSITION SUMMARY: Serve as Specialist responsible for the delivery of outreach assessment, counseling, evaluation and training services to individual clients in the community- at-large. POSITION ACCOUNTABILITES: The following are essential job accountabilities: Strategic Goal A: Expand and deliver exceptional, innovative programming for people with vision loss. Perform 15-22 assessments each month and evaluate clients’ abilities and needs related to vision loss. Assist clients with emotional aspects of vision loss and identification of available support services. Organize and facilitate at least four support groups each month. Recommend skill training resources through VLR, SSB or VA which will help the individual adapt to their visual loss. Provide limited in-home instruction designed to accommodate initial living adjustments and environmental modifications in adapting to vision loss. Refer clients to other social service agencies and resources which will assist in meeting the needs of the client. Act as a client advocate for the development of needed services currently unavailable or limited in supply within the community. Conceptualize/Recommend solutions and innovative approaches to providing new or expanded services to address client needs. May write/develop grant proposals to initiate new or expanded programs. May conduct In Home Vision Evaluations to assess clients’ need for magnification devices, distance aids, CCTVs and supplemental lighting. May assess home or apartment for vision loss adaptations that would enhance independent living. Interact with other managers, supervisors, SSB counselors and instructors to assure client needs are met and that resources are used efficiently and effectively. Strategic Goal C: Create a powerful market presence. Provides in-service training for other health care and social service providers in person or on line to assist in adapting their services to the needs of the blind. Provides community education to clients and their families in person or on line. Secondary job accountabilities: Strategic Goal D: Build a vibrant organization to achieve VLR’s goals. Commitment to customer service 1 MN Comp Advisor A Division of Anderson Insurance & Investment Agency, Inc. Ability to complete projects in a timely manner Maintain a safe and clean work area Communication and interpersonal skills necessary to interact with staff members and clients with courtesy, tact and patience. Ability to work in multi-cultural setting including hearing, visually impaired, blind, hard- of-hearing, deaf and deafblind individuals. May also work with clients who are recent immigrants from other countries. Maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality. Demonstrate reliability and dependability and ability to manage a flexible work schedule. Practices safe work habits throughout all work activities Strong work ethic Ability to work independently Participate and assist in events, activities, and classes within all Programs Other duties as assigned MINIMUM EDUCATION Degree Yes/No Major/Concentration or Certification Area(s) High School Associate’s Degree Bachelor’s degree y Bachelors or Masters Degree in Counseling, Rehabilitation Services, Public Health, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Gerontology, or related field. Course work in appropriate rehabilitative services, teaching the blind, evaluation and human relations is desirable. Master’s Degree desired Certification Other y Valid MN driver’s license and have access to vehicle with required insurance coverage.** Work Experience Years No Exp needed 1. 2 years each experience in rehabilitation counseling services and/or teaching. Three years experience if served in a combined environment. KEY SKILLS PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Requirement Never Occasionally Frequently Continuously 15 min – 2.5 hours 2.5 – 5.5 hours 5.5 hours + Lift up to 10 pounds x 11-24 pounds x 24 – 35 pounds x 2 MN Comp Advisor A Division of Anderson Insurance & Investment Agency, Inc. 36 – 50 pounds other Carry up to 10 pounds x 11-24 pounds x 24 – 35 pounds x 36 – 50 pounds other Push x Pull x Reach overhead x Climb Stairs Squat/Bend x Sit x x Stand x Balance x Walk/Move About x Grasping simple or firm x Keyboard Manipulation x x Work at heights x Operate heavy machinery x Operate desk machines x Exposed to changes in x temperature Exposed to dust, fumes, x gases, chemicals Other PRIMARY WORKING CONDITIONS Average Noise Exposure Normal Office Environment Equipment Operated Normal Office Equipment Working Hazards None Other Exposed to outdoor environment and all weather conditions as expected in MN. Guide dogs may present in the office. May be exposed to pets and smoke in clients’ homes. Approximately 90% of work time is in the field and 10% of work time is in the office Must be able to travel within 9 county metro area using own transportation. 3 MN Comp Advisor A Division of Anderson Insurance & Investment Agency, Inc. ** Note: Employee provision of an alternative form of transportation which will assure normal mobility and allow normal visitation schedules and services to be maintained will be considered as appropriate. SUPERVISES: N/A REPORTS TO: Program Managers EXEMPT/NON EXEMPT: exempt Vision Loss Resources is an Equal Opportunity/ At-Will Employer. We will not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, against any employee or applicant on race, creed, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information or other protected status under state, federal or local EEO laws. 4 MN Comp Advisor A Division of Anderson Insurance & Investment Agency, Inc.
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